Zeal is great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or objective. Christians are supposed to have an unmatchable zeal, a mindset reminiscent of the apostles’ plea to the Lord in Luke 17:5, “The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” We strive to continue strengthening our relationship with God all our lives and to encourage others to do the same. In countless Bible verses, the importance of spiritual maturation is ever present. Colossians 1:9-10 reads, “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” This Seminar focused on growing attendees in the knowledge of God and giving them information that they can pass on to those at their home congregation.
Every day started off with an uplifting devo led by Baxter graduates. From there, attendees could choose from five workshops: Conflict Resolution in Ministry taught by Javier León; How to Work Under the Leadership of Elders Taught by Willie Costa; Christian Leadership: Challenges of the 21st Century taught by Bob Brown; Family Functionality of Religious Leaders taught by Guadalupe Mayo; Elders and Deacons: Requirements and Roles taught by Selvin Monterroso. We also offered a class specifically for the women taught by Rebeca Costa on The Woman’s Place in the Leadership of the Church. In the afternoons, a Panel on Christian Leadership in Every Time and Place was held with panelists including Javier León, Bob Brown, Willie Costa, Bob Young, Selvin Monterroso, Guadalupe Mayo, and President Steve Teel. We consider ourselves blessed to be able to offer classes to people who hail from both the surrounding community as well as Honduras’ bordering countries.